State Senator John Moorlach was appointed last week to the following State Senate Committees:
- Senate Governance and Finance Committee
- Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary, where I serve as Vice Chair
- Senate Standing Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, including
- Subcommittee No. 1 on Education
He also announced the new members of his Capitol staff:
Chief of Staff: Tim S. Clark
Tim Clark is a twenty-year veteran of engaging public affairs and strategic communications to shape California’s public policy landscape. Founder of Clark Strategy Group LLC, and former Partner with JohnsonClark Associates, Mr. Clark has lead dozens of winning local and statewide candidate and issue campaigns, and his work has been recognized among the nation’s best by the American Association of Political Consultants. Mr. Clark also frequently leads collaborative efforts that bring business leaders, community groups, and elected officials together to craft public policy solutions. Additionally, Mr. Clark has worked extensively in Latin America’s communications environment, and he is a sought after lecturer on public policy and strategic communications. He was named one of the top ten rising stars nationally by Campaigns and Elections Magazine. Mr. Clark earned his Political Science and Business Marketing degrees from San Jose State University.
Senior Policy Advisor: Lance R. Christensen
Lance Christensen has earned a national reputation as a government budget and finance policy expert. Prior to joining Senator Moorlach’s staff, Mr. Christensen served as the Director of the Pension Reform Project for the nationally respected Reason Foundation. His budget and finance analyses have been published in multiple national and local publications, and he is a sought-after expert presenter on government finance and debt issues. Mr. Christensen also spent nearly a decade working as a legislative consultant in the California State Senate as well as a finance budget analyst at the Department of Finance. Mr. Christensen earned his English Degree from Brigham Young University and Masters of Public Policy from Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy.
Legislative Director: Victoria C. Stewart
Victoria Stewart brings over ten years of California legislative policy experience and seasoned leadership to Senator Moorlach’s legislative team. Most recently, Ms. Stewart served as Associate Director of State Government Affairs for California Healthcare Institute where she gained widespread expertise on California healthcare policy while also developing outreach/education and legislative advocacy programs and strengthening coalitions with member companies, partners and affiliate organizations. Ms. Stewart previously served as Capitol Director for former Assemblyman Curt Hagman, as well as policy staff for then-Assemblyman Joel Anderson and former Senator Charles Poochigian. Ms. Stewart earned her Political Science degree from California State University, Sacramento.
Deputy Legislative Director: Patricia A. Lenkiewicz
With thirteen years of State Capitol policy experience, Patricia Lenkiewicz is a recognized expert on California budget, finance, and spending policy. Ms. Lenkiewicz formerly served on the staff of several State Senators, including then Republican Leader Dave Cox, before joining the Senate Republican Caucus Fiscal Office helping oversee the Republicans’ fiscal analyses. Ms. Lenkiewicz is an accomplished speaker and has been honored by the Toastmasters International for her expert presentation skills. She will be heading up Senator Moorlach’s budget committee activities and assisting the Senator in his role as Vice Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Capitol Office Director: Alicia G. Belmontes
Alicia Belmontes has nearly thirty years of experience working in the State Capitol, including as Executive Assistant for former Senate Republican Leader Rob Hurtt and former Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, among others. Most recently, Ms. Belmontes served as a State Senate Floor Analyses Consultant where she analyzed the Governance and Finance Committee bills that were placed on the Senate third-reading file. She also processed the third-reading amendments on the Senate Desk. In addition to serving as Senator Moorlach’s Capitol Office Director, Ms. Belmontes will use her fluency in Spanish to oversee Senator Moorlach’s outreach to Spanish language media.